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I never thought of using that. I have some, I'll give that a try. Thanks for the suggestions
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We have been printing patterns on our laser printer. (This is a toner printer, not ink jet.)

We then use a hot iron to transfer the pattern to wood. Works well.

Some people use Acetone to wet the paper and rub the pattern onto the wood.
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There are some videos on transferring patterns to wood on Youtube.
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Hi, I'm new to pyrography and was wondering how to make a pattern from a photo? Thanks for any help you can give me.
HI, I am new to the forum, but I saw this question and wanted to share something that works very well for me.

It's a FREE program you can download called PICASSA 3
Google it to get the download location.
I can post the url because I am new to the forum and I have to have 10 posts in before I can post a url.

Once you install it, it will download all of your photo files in your computer into it automatically. It has a feature called "pencil sketch" in the editing area, and this is what you will use.

To start,
open the program,
double click on the photo you want to edit and it will bring the photo to the place where you can do editing.
You will see tabs with tools on them.
Going left to right a wrench, a sun, black paintbrush, black paintbrush green background, then a black paintbrush with a blue background,
Click on the tab with the black paintbrush with a blue background,
in the second row of edit options you will see "pencil sketch" click on that,
and then you can fine tune it with the sliders (radius, strength, fade) to get it how you want.
When you get it how you like, click "Apply"
and then click on "file"
use the "save as" option,
name it,
and your ready to print!

I use picassa 3 for most of my photo editing. It's a great free program and very user friendly.
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We have been printing patterns on our laser printer. (This is a toner printer, not ink jet.)

We then use a hot iron to transfer the pattern to wood. Works well.

Some people use Acetone to wet the paper and rub the pattern onto the wood.
I've used the hot iron method with a laser printer and it works well.
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You should Google, 'Tonal Value'~~~and get a good understanding of the meaning.

Then you should Google, 'Creating Tonal Value in Photoshop' (Or whatever other picture program you have.)

If you have the time and patience to learn, Practice your tonal values.
Here is a link you can use to print out a picture that is for practicing tonal value~~

Pyro online~

Once you get the idea of tonal value you down, you can do into a photo~~~through your
photo program....and 'play' with the tonal values of the picture. Once you get the picture where you want it, you can print it out~~~and then trace it like the others said using graphite paper.

More times than not, that is how the 'professionals' make their patterns that are sooooooo life like.



(I understand this is an older post, but it still pops up, so maybe someone can use my 'method' of doing it~)
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In Photoshop there is a filter called threshold. You first convert the photo to B/W, which is also a one step process, and then you apply the threshold filter. Adjusting the threshold level gives you more or less detail in the photo. You should be able to do the same thing with Corel Draw, but the commands may be different. Once you are satisfied with the image, save it. The result should look much like a children's coloring book image. Then invert the image (mirror image) and print it on a laser printer or print it to an inkjet printer, then copy the printed image using a photo copier. Either way will produce a line drawing "negative" image that you can "iron" onto your wood by placing the image side of the paper against the wood and using a clothes iron to heat it to transfer the image. About 250-300 deg F does the job. The laser printers and copiers use high temperature black wax powder as the ink (toner) and ironing the paper will melt and transfer the ink to the surface of the wood. Be sure to attach the paper to the wood so it can't move while ironing. Then you can remove the paper and cut out the image with your scroll saw, etc. A light sanding will easily remove any remaining ink (toner) since it stays mostly on the surface of the wood.

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lilcee what kind of patterns are you intersted in? I have 100,000 and can e-mail some to you.
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Hello Gary, Where did you get the plans for the wooden cars and truck in your wood working gallery ? You do some Awesome work. I don't know if my nerves would hold out that long, :LOL:
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Gene I got the patterns from various toymaking books.
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rapidresizer.com has online software that will let you make a stencil and or pattern from any picture. This should help you do what you want. Best of all, it is free to use. You can buy an upgrade to do more if you are interested.
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